Thursday, December 30, 2010

Witch Woman

In two different centuries, four hundred years apart, the lives of Abigail March and her daughter, Maggie McBride, play out along parallel lines, both women blessed and cursed by a selective birthright. Born in the breach position at the exact moment when earth’s shadow slides across a full blue moon, their kind are destined to walk alone, to see truth behind words, in the blink of an eye, in the twitch of a muscle, in the whisper of a sigh. They are the chosen of the goddess, marked by a startling mutation, heterochromia iridium, one brown eye, the other blue.
 Abigail, wife to John March, a selectman in the rigid Calvinist community of Salem, Massachusetts, is not what she seems. An expatriate from Barbados, she indentured herself to the March family for seven years in exchange for passage to the colonies. Abigail is beautiful, even with those unnatural eyes, and soon captures the heart of the March’s oldest son. For ten years she has kept her head down, her emotions in check. But now she is accused of witchcraft along with her three-year-old daughter, Margaret. At the trial, she horrifies the community with a startling demonstration, opening a time portal into the future where she and her child can escape. But Magick proves fickle and Abigail’s rusty powers fall short. Only Margaret is sent into the modern world of 1974 where she is found, naked and without speech, by Annie McBride, a wiccan, in the Old Burying Point Cemetery.
Maggie’s unexplained arrival and her unusual abilities force her adoptive mother to leave Salem and live a nomadic life. Maggie grows up to become a clairvoyant, specializing in kidnapping cases. Not until Annie is near death does she learn the particulars of her adoption and the possible source of her troubling dreams. She returns to Salem searching for her past. Meanwhile, Abigail finds the time portal and slips through to an overwhelming modern world, assuming a new identity and hoping that Maggie will come to her. Unknown to both women are the dangers of the old world’s dark forces, a missing child in contemporary Salem, and Maggie’s “sight”  blurring and dim as her ties to old Salem strengthen.

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